Practical directions for Tithe

  1. Where to give Tithe ?

It is written in Deuteronomy about whom to give tithe.

the Levites, because they have no allotment or inheritance with you, as well as the resident aliens, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work that you undertake. (Deuteronomy 14:29)

One thing is clear from this verses that our tithe to be given to the work of God and helping the poor.

  1. How much percentage to be offered as Tithe?

We should give tithe (one-tenth part of) of our income/profit. It doesn’t mean that we should give only one-tenth part. Depends on your capacity you can give more. it is a great blessing that some business people who have many shops have reserved full profit from some shops for God’s work and helping the poor. Their business and life  is upgrading day by day due to this offering/help doing with right hand Without the knowledge of the left hand.

  1. From what items should give tithe ?

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. (Deuteronomy 14:22)

  1. Do not be stingy or hindrance in offering tithe.

In many families while giving tithe some members make disapproval. In other families all are ignoring tithe just like ananias and zephera. These all are obstacles for blessings.

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6)

  1. Give tithe with happiness.

give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

10 Be generous when you worship the Lord,
    and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
11 With every gift show a cheerful face,
    and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
    and as generously as you can afford.
13 For the Lord is the one who repays,
    and he will repay you sevenfold. (Sirach 35:10-13)

What should we do?

  1. Should give one-tenth part of of our income/profit.
  2. Repent about the period of  not giving tithe.
  3. If ever talked wrong about titche, ask pardon to God, confess.
  4. Teach about tithe to people who do not know about this God’s commandment.
  5. Teach children from childhood about tithe.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot. (Psalms 16:5)

From you let my vindication come;
    let your eyes see the right. (Psalms 17:2)

Turn my heart to your decrees,
    and not to selfish gain. (Psalms 119:36)

You will not fear the terror of the night,
    or the arrow that flies by day, (Psalms 91:5)

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Praise the God with Wealth

Giving tithe is for praising the God. It is God’s commandment that we should adore and praise the God. In the whole old testament can hear the sorrow filled sound of the God that “You are not adoring me, you are not praising me”. We should not only praise God with our heart, but also with the wealth he has given us.

Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce; (Proverbs 3:9)

17 Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)

When we give tithe to God, we are proclaiming that this wealth is given by God. Jacob reveal this in below bible verses.

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.” (Genesis 28:20-22)

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Tithe and Wealth

Do Not Rob God

8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11 I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:8-11)

Once in a family first jack fruit produced in a jack fruit tree. Children anxiously awaited for the jack fruit to be ready for reaping and eat. But, when jack fruit ripe their mother took it to church and offered to God. Then the children asked her that there are plenty of jack fruits in the church, but we don’ have. Why you are giving all these to God ? God is supposed to give us. That mother, who was filled with spiritual knowledge called the children and told them. My dear children, what do you think? Who is the owner of uncountable birds in the sky, crores of sea creatures, uncountable forest animals ? Are they not belong to God ? Do you know still then why God is accepting our very small humble offering? Only to return us that in much more quantity and also to give us blessings to use it when he returns. Bible teaches us like this:-

Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce; (Proverbs 3:9)

 

Below bible verses are very attentive here.

10 Be generous when you worship the Lord,
and do not stint the first fruits of your hands.
11 With every gift show a cheerful face,
and dedicate your tithe with gladness.
12 Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
and as generously as you can afford.
13 For the Lord is the one who repays,
and he will repay you sevenfold. (Sirach 35:10-13)

The God who created and maintaining this universe is not asking something from us because he has any requirement for this. But, because he wants to give his blessings and wealth to us.

 6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

 

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.